U-Haul industrial rezoning postponed to April meetings

Apache Junction council members Jeff Struble and Gail Evans at a recent council meeting. (Arianna Grainey, Independent Newsmedia)

Amerco Real Estate Co. and U-Haul International LLC have pushed-back their request to rezone acreage near the U.S. Highway 60 and Idaho Road in Apache Junction.

The two companies, represented by David Pollock, say a continuance from February to April will allow for time necessary to further develop their plans.

Amerco and U-Haul seek to rezone 50 acres of a 78-acre property at the southeast corner of U.S. 60 and south Idaho Road. The item has been continued to the April 9 Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, followed by an April 16 Apache Junction City Council meeting.

A U-Haul truck rental and self-storage facility is to be the first development within the rezoned area, according to city documents. Plans include the facility to be constructed on about 10 acres at the southeast corner of the freeway and Idaho Road and includes about 200 spaces for RV, boat and vehicle storage.

The council on Sept. 18, 2018 approved a General Plan land use map amendment, which changed the 50 acres from community commercial zoning to light industrial/business park zoning.

The council then voted to continue a companion case to rezone the 50-acre property further, from general commercial by planned development to light industrial/business park by planned development.

The council was to discuss the rezoning at a Feb. 19 meeting and public hearing but the applicant requested a continuance, Apache Junction Senior Planner Rudy Esquivias said.

“You may recall from your meeting back in November that the public hearing on the zoning case was continued until the P&Z meeting of last week, which was the (12th), and the City Council meeting of tonight, the (19th). However, the applicant is still looking over some of the issues involved with the right-of-way construction and some of the other tentative conditions that we’ve requested with the rezoning so they’ve asked for a little more time. Staff is agreeable to it,” he said.

Councilwoman Gail Evans asked if Mr. Esquivias knows of any major problems that Amerco was looking at for the requested continuance.

“I think that they’re still weighing the construction of the off-sites, Idaho and 34th Avenue,” Mr. Esquivias said.
“And also, of course, the RV storage component was one thing that they were asking for and both times we took it to P&Z — and I think even to council — we’re not terribly interested in more RV storage. So I think they are still weighing some of those various issues,” he said.

More time is needed in part so the developer can meet with city officials, Mr. Pollack said in a letter to Mr. Esquivias, according to city documents.

“This continuance will allow the time necessary for all internal parties to agree on development strategy, marketability, economic planning and a meeting with both our team and yours,” he said in the letter.

City officials are seeking a half-street of 75 feet of improvements on Idaho Road instead of the standard 50 feet, according to city documents.

The council voted 6-0 on Feb. 19 to approve the rezoning continuance to April 16, with Councilwoman Robin Barker by phone and Councilwoman Christa Rizzi recusing herself as her business includes a U-Haul dealership.

Editor Richard Dyer can be reached at rdyer@newszap.com

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